Hometown Excellence

Raven Saunders, a Burke High School graduate who won the silver medal in shot put at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, paid a visit to The Citadel in August for a photo shoot. While she was on campus, retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Glenn Walters, ’79, presented her with two challenges coins—a four-star coin from his time as assistant commandant of the Marine Corps and one from his position as president of The Citadel.

Retired U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Glenn M. Walters, ’79, president of The Citadel, presents Olympic medalist and Charleston native Raven Saunders with two challenge coins. Credit: Cameron Pollack / The Citadel

“I’m proud of all of our athletes who represent our country in the Olympics, and I wanted to tell her I’m proud of her,” Walters said.

This was not Saunders’s first time on campus. The Olympic athlete used to practice shot put on campus while she was in high school. “The Citadel was like home,” she said. “I was a Burke Bulldog; you guys are The Citadel Bulldogs, so it’s like family.”